This program will enable you to earn an architectural degree and become a licensed architect. As an architect, you will be responsible for the planning, designing and oversight of the construction of a building. This degree leads to transfer, typically to the junior year of a professional program. This Pre-Architecture associate’s degree is appropriate if you plan to transfer to professional architecture programs. Program requirements may vary depending on the transfer institution, so you should consult with an advisor for elective selections.

Articulated Transfer Agreements

Recommended Transfer Patterns



High School Preparation


Gainful Employment Information

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Contact Information

Jane Ostergaard, Coordinator
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1048, (630) 942-2331

Peter Deeman, Program Advisor    
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1047, (630) 942-2548

Monica Miller, Program Support Specialist
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1008, (630) 942-3074

Business and Technology Division
Technical Education Center (TEC), Room 1034, (630) 942-2592


  • Michael Pecirno

    Michael PecirnoPre-Architecture

    “COD and its Architecture program are an incredible resource for exploring different careers and paths of study. In particular, the Architecture program is staffed by wonderful teachers. New students shouldn’t be afraid to explore different courses to find out what they really enjoy doing. And my advice to new students is to not be intimidated by perceived discipline boundaries. While architecture can be explored entirely through architecture courses, what makes it really interesting is when other fields and areas of interest and disciplines inspire and drive the evolution of buildings and spaces.”

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  • Khushboo Shah

    Khushboo ShahPre-Architecture

    “It was one of the best recommendations I could have taken. Attending COD helped me to adjust to this country since I was able to take courses and live at home. Initially, the Architecture program asked for a lot of patience, but the faculty brought the students some fun and challenging projects. Their one-on-one attention with each student and excitement for every project are really what motivated me to continue.”

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  • Julia Suriano

    Julia SurianoPre-Architecture

    "I have learned so much, not only about architecture but also about myself. COD pushed me to my limits, challenged me academically and allowed to me grow as a person."

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  • Kiel Fahnstrom

    Kiel FahnstromPre-Architecture

    "COD has strong relationships with various four-year universities within and outside of Illinois, which allows students to transfer into a four-year program and finish their Bachelor's of Architecture degree."

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  • Geunho Song

    Geunho SongPre-Architecture

    "I still think about the first conversation I had with Jane Ostergaard, which had me imagine my architectural career beyond COD. From that conversation, I basically knew where I was going to end up if I went through this program the right way."

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  • Carmine Calabria

    Carmine CalabriaPre-Architecture

    "I am very lucky to have landed in a program that offers so much. COD has a quality Architecture program taught by great professors who put much care into guiding students to success."

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  • Cherise Cerocke

    Cherise CerockePre-Architecture

    "I am so thankful College of DuPage offered architecture courses because they helped me know that architecture was the career path for me, without having to spend tens of thousands of dollars if I had taken these courses at a university."

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  • Habib Ansari

    Habib AnsariPre-Architecture

    "My dream is to have my own firm. I want to design efficient buildings and I am very interested in environmental sciences," Habib Ansari said. "But I also desire to educate as well. Thanks to College of DuPage, I am stronger as a student and as a person."

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  • Jess Lies

    Jess LiesPre-Architecture

    "COD offers knowledgeable professors, direct contact with professionals and four-year school representatives, and a family environment where you get to know your professors and your classmates on a personal level."

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